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Table 2 Demographic, clinical, health status, health-related quality of life and global quality of life variables for all participants who reported that their health status had no/little effect and a large effect on their sexual activity

From: Perceived effects of health status on sexual activity in women and men older than 50 years

  No\little effect (n = 267) Large effect (n = 39) p-values***
Demograhpic    
Age (years) 64 (9) 69 (8) 0.004
Age groups (years)    
 50-59 101 (38%) 5 (13%) 0.015
 60-69 93 (35%) 18 (46%)  
 70-79 65 (24%) 13 (33%)  
 80- 8 (3%) 3 (8%)  
Women 228 (85%) 28 (72%) 0.032
Weight (kg) 72.5 (13.0) 78.7 (16.3) 0.007
BMI (kg/m2) 26.0 (4.1) 27.8 (5.1) 0.018
Menopause (years) 49.2 (4.5) 49.6 (3.9) 0.658
Higher education (>13 years) 81 (32%) 9 (24%) 0.375
Married/cohabiting 186 (70%) 29 (74%) 0.593
Regular exercise* 215 (81%) 22 (56%) 0.001
Currently smoking 43 (16%) 5 (13%) 0.592
Co-morbidity    
 Mean total score for co-morbidity (range 0–6) 0.8 (0.9) 1.1 (0.9) 0.062
Clinical status    
 Osteoporois** 49 (18%) 9 (23%) 0.489
 ≥1 fall in the previous year 89 (39%) 12 (39%) 0.958
 Previous fracture 122 (46%) 18 (46%) 0.545
Health status    
 Mean MHAQ*** 1.0 (0.2) 1.1 (0.2) 0.567
Health related quality of life    
 SF-36 - PCS**** 53 (8) 44 (9) <0.001
 SF-36 – MCS**** 52 (8) 44 (12) 0.001
Global quality of life    
 QOLS***** 97 (9) 89 (11) <0.001
  1. *= more than 30 min three times each week.
  2. **Osteoporosis at total hip and/or spine L2–L4.
  3. ***The MHAQ score ranges from 1 to 4 where 1 indicates a higher perception of the ability to perform daily living activities.
  4. ****The score for SF-36 ranges from 0 to 100 where 100 indicates a high HRQOL.
  5. *****The QOLS score ranges from 16 to 112 where 112 indicates a high GQOL.
  6. PCS = physical component summary, MCS = mental component summary, MHAQ = Modified Health Assessment Questionnaire, QOLS = quality of life scale.
  7. Continuous variables are expressed as the mean and with standard deviation in brackets (SD) while categorical variables are expressed as numbers and percentage (%) in brackets. In the group comparisons, independent samples t-tests were used for continuous variables and chi-squared tests were used for categorical variables.